• Career Services workshops help graduate students hone valuable job search skills


BOSTON, MA – On January 30 and 31, 2008, Suffolk University’s Career Services and Co-operative Education office hosted a two day workshop series, “Marketing Yourself Through Effective Resumes and Cover Letters” and “Interviewing Skills and Strategies”. The workshops were designed to help Suffolk students distinguish themselves from the crowd in a competitive job market.  Over 20 graduate students attended.
            In the first workshop, students honed their resume and cover letter writing skills in order to land interviews with top employers. Michele Rapp, Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Services, explains, “Students learned to focus their resume on describing accomplishments in their jobs rather than merely listing job duties. Writing customized cover letters, targeted to each employer, was also emphasized.”

Thursday’s workshop was targeted towards students applying and interviewing for summer and permanent jobs. Attendees learned how to develop an interview strategy, handle tough questions, and promote themselves more effectively during the interview process. According to Michele Rapp, “Students need to know the top 5 points they want to convey to employers and they need to develop examples of their skills and accomplishments to discuss during interviews.”


Upcoming career development workshops for graduate students include:

Understanding the Culture of the US Workplace with Judy Shen-Filerman

Gain insight into the values and expectations of the US workplace that affect your success in your internship or job. Learn how to assess the unspoken rules of organizational culture and determine your options for action and career success. The speaker was born in Taiwan and has a MBA and BA from Harvard University. She has managed product brands at Procter & Gamble, Campbell Soup, and Johnson & Johnson. (Recommended for international students)  Feb. 26, 12:30-2:30, Poetry Center, Sawyer Library.


Verbal Branding for Career Visibility with Stephen Melanson (www.melansonconsult.com)

Find out how to communicate your value to potential employers and networking contacts and also within your current organization. Learn the unique art of verbal branding. This workshop will include practical exercises to help participants best market themselves. April 2, 12-1:30, 73 Tremont, Amenities Conference Room.


Show Me the Money: The Art of Salary Negotiation

This workshop is being offered as a telephone class, which means you can participate from the comfort of your own home or office. Please note that you will need to pay the cost of the telephone call. Find out how to negotiate the salary you desire during the hiring process and once you’re an employee. Learn how to identify your salary requirements, handle questions about salary, make an effective salary request, ask for a raise and negotiate other compensation and benefits. April 9, 2:30-4, Career Services.



The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education at Suffolk University assists students and alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer School of Management in defining and realizing their career goals. Staffed by skilled and experienced career counselors, services include career advising and counseling, cooperative education and internship opportunities, full-time employment resources, and more. For more information, call 617.573.8480, visit their website at www.suffolk.edu/careers, or e-mail Paul Tanklefsky, Director, Career Services at ptanklef@suffolk.edu

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